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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

!5000 DEFENSE PENTAGON WASHINGTON, DC 20301·!5(X)Q

June 2, 2009

MEMORANDUM FOR DIRECTOR, JOINT AND OVERSEAS OPERATIONS

SUBJECT: OUSD(I) Comments on Project No. D2009-DOOOJA-010S.000

This memorandum responds to your request to provide comments on the draft report aryour audit of the I"fonnation Operations Contracts in Iraq. I have read your draft, and concur with all of your findings. The action OSO will take to accomplish the DoD IG team's recommendations is to endorse and advocate them within the Department.

Regarding the material internal control weakness discussed in the report, I agree that we must improve material contract controls to distinguish between tasks that support products intended for United States audiences and those intended exclusively for foreign audiences.tThere arc instances, however, where select contracts can be consolidated, e.g., media analysis. These types of contracts are best optimized under one vehicle, as these products do not intended to inform or influence outside audiences.

F. Austin Branch Senior Advisor for 10 Strategy & Plans Infonnation Operations & Strategic Studies

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